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A Room Made of Leaves

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The story unfolds in small chapter-fragments, their short paragraphs packed with gorgeous descriptions of the Australian landscape — “a slice of harbor rough and blue like lapis”, a stone overhang “with a fraying underside, soft as cake, that glowed yellow” — and compressed emotional power. A female perspective adds a different view on the men's scheming and how they dealt with the native people. Inspired by the real life of a remarkable woman, this is an extraordinarily rich, beautifully wrought novel of resilience, courage, and the mystery of human desire.

Her novels have won many awards both in Australia and the UK, several have been made into major feature films, and all have been translated into European and Asian languages. I felt him chuckle with pleasure when I got the knack of the little movement that made the milk hiss against the inside of the pail. It is historical fiction turned inside out, a stunning sleight of hand that gives the past the piercing immediacy of the present.Bit by bit she unpicks the story Australia has told itself, replacing it with one that contains room for the voices that have been omitted.

It would take the form of her secret memoirs, hidden in a tin box tucked away in the roof of her house. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History. A Room Made of Leaves is the internationally acclaimed author Kate Grenville's first novel in almost a decade. The novel concludes with Elizabeth’s assertions of her sense of being at home in Australia, scaffolded by her knowledge that the property she loves is stolen Aboriginal land. I purchased this book with the notion that I would be reading a fictional story, this meant I was met with surprise when I read at the beginning the editor’s note which described the findings of Elizabeth’s story within a roof cavity and this book would be her story, her words.

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